According to a recent article on home design, ”they” want me to get rid of my dried flowers, unwanted gifts and broken objects.
“They” are the feng shui experts whom I have, for a long time now, respected for their advice on making our homes accessible and happy. But now! Now they are asking me to go against my grain. Seriously against my grain.
They want me to throw out my dried flowers because “in their dried and decayed state they represent death and decline.”
They want me to throw out unwanted gifts because “they are affecting my peace and well-being.”
And, finally, I’m supposed to get rid of broken objects because they “represent stagnant energy.”
If I may be so bold as to counter their suppositions, I will say that my dried hydrangeas don’t make me think of death and decline. They remind me of the bushes out back which will be in full bloom in the not too distant future. I call that “hope.”
If I had any unwanted gifts, and I don’t, I think they would always remind me of the good times I received them; of the friends who gave them to me. I call that “happy.”
As to broken and chipped objects. There are too many in this house to count and I wouldn’t get rid of a one. Their flaws make them just that much more wonderful. I call that “love.”
Well, now we have hope, happiness, and love. That works for me and I think the house would agree.
So, go away, feng shu. Come again another day. Perhaps when you’ve thought things through a little more.
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